Wednesday, December 15, 2010

National Regifting Day

Ever wonder how you can get rid of the hideous set of Atlantic City placemats your in-laws gave you? How about what to do with the three extra copies of Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point that thoughtful friends gave you? No worries – tomorrow is National Regifting Day.

Read On:
Alright I recognize that some of you people reading this blog are saying to yourself, how crass, how tacky; while others are cracking a smile having regifted or been recipients of a regift. If you think regifting is in bad taste, then I suggest you think about Jacqueline Onassis who was a very classy woman. I once read that back in 1971 she regifted a watch her first husband JFK received from a socialite to her second husband Aristotle Onassis. The watch later auctioned for $150,000. Imagine Onassis’s original reaction when he received the gift – “just what I need another #!!*%$@ watch.”

Let me share two other reasons regifting makes sense. First, you can get a jump start on cutting holiday expenses. Second, you can now claim to be a committed environmentalist resolute in helping save our planet since regifting is technically a form of recycling.

For those reading this blog, I hope I have provided some insight and a suggestion of how to finally get rid of those reindeer slippers you have never worn. Let us all celebrate National Regifting Day.


  1. Love it! I'll be sending you a set of dog shaped salt and pepper shakers.

  2. I just heard a story on NPR yesterday about a "re-gifting registry" where those with odd gifts could post and trade these items. Brilliant. Of course, there is also eBay as well. And who can forget that Elaine from Seinfeld coined this clever word. Proper re-gifting requires even more thought than buying an original gift, since you want to make certain that the item will be accepted and valued (either as a useful item, or as kitsch...). What fun.

  3. On Purim (a Jewish holiday were people deliver baskets of food to eat other - sort of the anti-Halloween), my mother used to "regift" things we got because we used to get tons of junk food which wasn't allowed in our house. Kind of a downer that other people got all of our good stuff and we were left with Manischwitz Tam Tams - blech!

  4. I LOVE your positive spin on re-gifting. The catholic in me would feel guilty at the thought, but thankfully you have changed my mind!

  5. Jen/Tom/Sara.Jackie:

    Thank you for your comment. 1.) One member of my Tribe informed my that I forgot a third reason regifting makes sense, easier than dealing with Ebay! 2.) Another individual told me that she and her sister decided to give their grandmother videos for Christmas and packed them in an old blender box. Their grandmother apparently unwrapped the gift, saw the blender box, didn't open it since she already had a blender, rewrapped it and gave it back to her sister for Christmas.

  6. Thanks again for another humorous post... but the underlying Tipping Point did not go unnoticed. One person's trash is another person's treasure... and, on top of Jackie's gift, I have a lovely log shaped purple candle to send your way.



  7. Jimmy,

    It has been estimated that there are only 300 Fruitcakes in the world, yet thousands receive them each year as a gift. Is re-gifting the answer to this puzzle?

  8. Bob:

    Maybe because some of the fruitcakes re-gifted are other people's relatives. I really do not have an answer Bob, but thank you for your comment.


  9. Very different sort of post, loved it!

    The positive and humorous take on re-gifting is needed. The old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" comes to mind. Why let a gift you will not use go to waste?